With so much focus on Post-9/11 Veterans, Americans must always remember to honor those men and women who served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and other conflicts. During the 2014 Salute Gala, former Staff SGT Roy R. Griffin was presented the Outstanding Veteran Award for his service during World War II.
Griffin volunteered to serve in World War II on September 20, 1940 over a year before Pearl Harbor. Griffin helped establish the US Army’s first Engineer Shore Regiment, the 531st, training under the British for three months during its development. The purpose of the Regiment was to prepare the shore to receive boats and supplies during and after invasions.
A committed serviceman, Griffin participated in nine Campaigns in the European Theatre including: North Africa, French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.